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Wally, led by the singer-songwriter Roy Webber, was an English progressive rock band, which originated in Harrogate, Yorkshire, in the early 1970s.
Their debut album, Wally, released in 1974 was co-produced by Harris, along with Rick Wakeman who had seen one of the band's warm up gigs before the Roundhouse final.
After its release the band, now managed by Brian Lane, best known as the manager of Yes, embarked on a series of tours taking in most of Britain, Japan and the United States. They supported Yes at a headline London concert at the Alexandra Palace and also made an appearance on The Old Grey Whistle Test. On their second album, Valley Gardens, Nick Glennie-Smith replaced Paul Gerrett on keyboards. However by that time continual touring had taken its toll, and the band eventually split after Atlantic decided to cut their losses and pulled the plug.
In 1975, the band performed in Japan, as the backing band of French singer Michel Polnareff.
Webber set up a graphic design company, primarily working for Yorkshire Television but also with the Royal Armouries Museum. Pete Sage went to Germany to work as a sound engineer for the pop group Boney M. Nick Glennie-Smith was proposed as potential replacement for Wakeman in Yes and went on to be a leading session musician and soundtrack composer. Guitarist Pete Cosker died in 1990, as a result of a heroin overdose. Drummer Roger Narraway metamorphosed into a talented lead guitarist, and Paul Middleton retreated to the North Yorkshire Dales, becoming a carpenter and venturing out occasionally to play with Roy Webber in a country rock band, Freddie Alva and the Men from Delmonte. He now gigs on a regular basis with his own band, The Angst Band, featuring fellow bandmember Frank Mizen on pedal steel, guitar and banjo.
Paul Gerrett died of a heart attack in 2008.
After a thirty year hiatus, the surviving members of the original line-up - augmented by Frank Mizen on pedal steel and Will Jackson on guitar - performed to a sell out crowd in April 2009 in their home town of Harrogate.
A third album, Montpelier comprising reworkings of demos from the band's earlier incarnation, along with new material by both Webber and Middleton, was released in February 2010, and a second "reunion" concert took place in April. Funds from ticket sales will be used to erect a permanent memorial to Cosker and Gerrett. A recording of the 2010 reunion has been released as a live album entitled, "To the Urban Man" and a third reunion concert is scheduled for 2011, again in the band's home town of Harrogate.
01. The Martyr 7:59
02. I Just Wanna Be A Cowboy 4:03
03. What To Do 7:38
04. Sunday Walking Lady 2:37
05. To The Urban Man 13:45
06. Your Own Way 5:27
Pete Cosker - electric and acoustic guitars, vocals, bass guitar
Paul Gerrett - Fender Rhodes, harmonium, grand piano, harpsichord, mellotron, Hammond organ, vocals
Nick Glennie-Smith - piano
Paul Middleton - steel guitar, bass guitar
Roger Narraway - percussion
Pete Sage - electric violin, bass guitar, mandolin
Frank Mizen - bass guitar - but joined in the late 1970s
Roy Webber - lead vocals, acoustic guitar